Public asked to help crackdown on dog fouling

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High Peak residents are being asked to help after the number of dog fouling complaints in the borough doubled since June.

High Peak Borough Council’s Streets Team is now able to gather information leading to on-the-spot fines which will help bring the irresponsible dog owner to justice.

Offenders will face fines of £50 or possible court proceedings with penalties of up to £1,000.

The authority is now asking members of the public to pass on information if they witness any dog owners failing to clean up after their animals .

Councillor Anthony McKeown, High Peak Borough Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Dog mess is often found in areas where children walk and play and, as a result Toxicariasis most commonly affects youngsters between 18 months and five years of age.

“Children can suffer from blindness, seizures and fits if they contract this disease.

“If we can work together with members of the local community then we can find out who these offenders are and make them pay. ”

Anyone with information should call 0845 129 4870 or report it online by visiting their website www.highpeak.gov.uk.